At Smitty’s, we know that magazines make homes look amazing. Websites and decorating magazines showcase rooms that are immaculate, totally on trend, and styled perfectly. We also know that our customers don’t live in a magazine. Your homes are actually lived in, which means they are not immaculate and perfectly styled — and that’s perfectly normal.
We want you to see that you can furnish your home with beautiful, stylish, quality furniture and make it work — whatever your lifestyle.
In this blog, we will showcase one of our team members and highlight how they have made beautiful, quality furniture work in their home — it’s all about Real Furniture for Real Life.
Kathy’s bedroom had a 70s oak poster bed and matching bedroom suite. It was dated and big and did not reflect her, or her partner’s, taste.
“I wanted an updated look that reflected both my partner and myself.”, said Kathy. “He loves solid wood and I love soft and sexy. He wanted a TV in the bedroom and I wanted comfort, so we got the adjustable bed. It works out great — I’m cozy and comfortable and he can adjust the mattress to watch his favourite shows.”
Now, with the Serta adjustable bed, the space is warm and comfortable and better reflects us as a couple. “We are a blended family and it’s the second time around for us. This redecorating allowed us to bring a little of him and a little of me in the space. Now, it’s timeless and will take us into our future.”
Headboards were originally created in Ancient Egypt to help keep cold draughts away from the head of the person sleeping in the bed. Headboards were constructed from wood and were designed to encourage the cold air to fall to the floor. Then, in Ancient Greece, headboards became more ornate and featured hand-carved designs and padding for comfort.
Headboards have certainly evolved over the years. Now, a headboard is more than just a functional construction for keeping the draughts away. They also serve a greater purpose than helping to keep your pillows from falling off! The headboard has the potential to be the design focal point of your bedroom, and it can set the tone for the entire room.
At Smitty’s, we believe the headboard is the piece de resistance of your bedroom!
The only question that remains is: What kind of headboard should you get?
Types of Headboards
There are many types of headboards to choose from, ranging in styles from contemporary to classic, and constructed using a variety of materials from wood, to steel, to fabric. Headboards can be purchased independently from your frame but, more often than not, they are sold as part of a complete bed frame, with a matching footboard.
The headboard trend in 2018 is upholstered. These headboards can be affixed directly to the wall over your mattress, or they can come as part of your bed frame structure.
Upholstered headboards may feature a wood trim, nailhead designs, decorative stitching, creative buttons, and much more — it all depends on what sort of look you want to achieve.
Smitty’s Pro Tip: Purchasing a fully-upholstered frame will create a more luxurious look for your bedroom — and, keep in mind that the headboard doesn’t need to match your furniture or bedding. The headboard can accent the space and define a focal point for your room.
Upholstered Headboards & Bed Frames
Decor-Rest designs and builds gorgeous headboards and bases in a wide variety of styles to suit any look. Crafted using beautiful fabrics from around the globe and wrapped around air-dried Canadian maple or birch wood, these upholstered bed frames and headboards are a beautiful addition to any bedroom.
Julien Beaudoin, a manufacturer from Quebec, has an extensive line of stylish, upholstered headboards and bed frames to choose from. Their designs work with adjustable mattresses and come in a range of frames with choices of supports, built-in storage, and customizable fabrics.
Amisco crafts a large variety of upholstered beds, in sizes from twin to king. Their latest creation offers an adjustable headboard which can tilt up to 30 degrees, allowing you to relax and unwind with style.
Don’t spend the night tossing and turning, adjusting pillows, kicking off covers, and struggling to get quality sleep. Don’t settle for feeling tired. The days of putting up with your old mattress and suffering the consequences are over.
Today, there are revolutionary mattresses on the market that can provide you with exactly what you need, so you can get the rest you deserve!
Serta is a well-known brand that offers a wide range of mattress styles, ranging from their Perfect Sleeper, to Sertapedic, to the latest iComfort line.
Serta’s latest iComfort mattress was designed with individualized comfort in mind. Crafted with a special gel memory foam, this mattress will:
Relieve pressure points for increased comfort
Provide added support to help with body alignment
Aid in temperature regulation while you sleep
The iComfort mattress is the world’s first to offer a memory coil support layer with hundreds of individually-wrapped, slow-recovery coils that continuously adapt to the contours of your body — without that springy feeling.
Zedbed is one of the few mattress manufacturers to make its own memory foam from start to finish, with facilities in Canada.
Zedbed mattresses do not have inner coils. Instead, they are constructed with an eco-friendly, soy-based memory foam to offer enhanced therapeutic support.
Similar to Serta’s iComfort mattress, the memory foam is designed to:
Help you maintain optimal body alignment
Reduce pressure points and promote better circulation
Welcome to 2018! It’s a new year full of new experiences, new ideas, and new improvements.
The new year gives you a fresh start — like hitting the reset button. It’s a time when many of us make resolutions, where we endeavour to improve our diet, our exercise regimen, or make changes to better our lives and our well-being. One of the best resolutions you can make this new year is to improve your sleep.
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most effective ways to improve your overall health.
The Benefits of Good Sleep
There are countless benefits to getting a proper night’s sleep:
Improved Brain Function & Memory
While you sleep, your brain is still working. It’s preparing neural pathways that retain information and enhance your problem-solving skills.
Improved Mood & Reduced Stress
Sleeping helps to calm the body and relieve tension. Studies show that better sleep reduces depression, anxiety, and the effects of stress.
Improved Immune Function
The body heals itself while you sleep, which can help prevent sickness. Studies show that people who sleep less than seven hours are nearly three times more likely to develop a cold than people who sleep over eight hours.
Improved Metabolic Function
While you sleep, your body’s cortisol levels are reduced. Cortisol is a stress hormone and it activates reward centres in your brain that can be satisfied with food. The more you sleep, the more your cortisol level declines, providing you with better weight control.
Is my mattress worn out?
Many people don’t realize when their mattress has reached the end of its life. Sleeping on a worn out mattress can result in poor sleep, pain, and discomfort.
Here are some quick questions to ask yourself to determine if your mattress is worn out:
Does your mattress sag or have indentations where you lie?
Does your mattress creak or squeak?
Do you toss and turn all night long, trying to get comfortable?
Is your back sore after waking in the morning?
Is your mattress over 10 years old?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the time has come to shop for a new mattress.
What kind of mattress should I get?
There are many considerations to take into account when shopping for a new mattress and everyone has different needs. Here are some key considerations:
Do you require the same level of firmness as your partner?
Do you have particular health issues to take into account?
Do you have difficulty getting out of bed?
Do you get hot while you sleep?
There are many different kinds of mattresses on the market and it’s important to have answers to these key questions before you go mattress shopping.
What brand of mattress is the best?
We understand that you want the best mattress for the best sleep, but finding the “best” mattress brand is definitely a personal decision. Any website that tries to tell you that they offer the “best” mattress on the market should send up a red flag.
There are all kinds of mattresses to choose from including: eco-friendly, custom, adjustable, memory foam, spring coil, layered coil, gel-infused foam, pillow tops, and more. There are unique benefits to all of these types of mattresses — the key is determining which one is right for you.
At Smitty’s, we recommend a variety of mattress brands like Serta, Kingsdown, and Zedbed. We are proud to offer brands that have been recognized for their quality construction and excellent warranties — and then we go above and beyond by offering our 30-Day Comfort Guarantee for mattress and base sets.
Smitty's has great success when it comes to helping people select the right mattress. Come and visit your local Smitty’s store today. We’ll take the time, and use scientific tools like bedMATCH™, to help you find the right mattress for quality sleep.
While the kitchen may be the hub of your home, the bedroom is your personal sanctuary — it’s also where you will spend the most time over the course of your life, so you want it to be perfect.
It is important that a bedroom is comfortable so you can feel calm and get the rest you need. But bedrooms can offer a lot more than comfort, and they aren’t just a place for sleeping. More than ever before, bedrooms are incorporating style and character and are becoming a fashionable oasis in people’s homes.
What are the steps to creating your ‘wow’ bedroom?
Get To Know Your Style
First things first, you need to ask yourself what you like. You can sift through some home design magazines for inspiration, but it might be simpler and more fun to take the HGTV Bedroom Personality Quiz.
Styles include romantic, dreamer, rebel, creator, and more!
What Is Your Colour Palette?
Once you have a sense of your style, it will be important to examine the colour palette in your space, and in your home.
Are you looking to paint your bedroom, or keep it the same colour?
Do you want your bedroom to blend in with the rest of your home, or stand out?
Do you like bold colours, or are you more interested in neutral tones?
How much room do you have to work with?
Is there a theme for your room (e.g. black and white retro, or airy beach)?
Do you want your furniture to match, or mix and match?
After you’ve answered these questions, you will be better prepared to begin selecting bedroom furniture pieces.
What Style of Bedroom Furniture Should You Choose?
There are many options to consider when selecting your bedroom furniture, and you don’t have to limit yourself to just one.
Classic bedroom style traditionally incorporates a wooden bed frame with a wooden headboard, matching bedside tables, and a matching dresser with or without a mirror.
You can choose a sleigh bed, with its lovely curved headboard as the centrepiece to your room. Then, you can finish the look with solid wood tables, matching dressers finished in rich, deep coloured stains, and matching bedside lamps.
This classic style offers a warm look that will stand the test of time.
Contemporary bedroom style can incorporate a wide variety of furniture pieces, from wood to steel and upholstered to iron.
You can pair a bed frame and headboard with matching nightstands and offset the match with a different style of dresser.
You can also jazz up the centrepiece of your room (aka your bed) by selecting an extra large headboard.
Traditional headboards are typically 0-3” wider than the bedframe and extend upwards between 14-29” above the horizontal plane of the bed.
Contemporary headboards can extend along the wall, taking in the width of your nightstands, and they can be as tall as you like.
The Mix & Match
Mix and match bedroom style allows you to pair pieces from different sets without being limited to one particular look and feel for your room.
You can pair a new headboard with an antique style dresser, and then match it with a contemporary bedside table. There are no rules.
This carefree look is easily updated and can be altered to go with your ever-changing style.
You Can Do It!
There are a lot of ways to turn your bedroom into a ‘wow’ bedroom. Come and visit Smitty’s and our expert decorators will help you bring your desired look to life.
Adjustable beds are the latest, and greatest, advancement in mattress technology.
For many people, the idea of an adjustable bed makes them think of a hospital bed — but that is far from the reality. The new adjustable mattresses are incredibly comfortable, ergonomic, easy to use, and they will improve your overall health and well-being.
Here is a list of some of the benefits of switching to an adjustable bed:
Reduce Pains & Aches
If you have back pain, suffer from spinal cord compression issues, or experience circulation concerns, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.
By elevating various parts of your body you will reduce pressure on those areas which cause you pain. By alleviating pressure you will improve circulation, reduce pains and aches, and achieve a more comfortable and sustained sleep.
Reduce Digestive Issues
If you experience acid reflux, heartburn, or indigestion, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.
If you elevate your upper body by 6-8”, you will find that your stomach is better able to retain acids compared with lying flat. A calmer inside will allow for a better quality of sleep.
Reduce Snoring & Asthma
If you, or your partner, are kept awake by snoring or difficulty breathing due to asthma, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.
By adjusting the incline of the mattress you will find that your passageways clear and allow for increased air and oxygen flow into your body. Improved breathing will mean that your heart won’t be working so hard and your body will be able to relax and achieve a better quality of sleep.
Improve General Comfort
If you, or your partner, are tired of constantly shifting and adjusting pillows to get comfortable to read or relax in bed, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.
The user-friendly technology will allow you, at the touch of a button, to get completely comfortable. Features include programmable positions, wireless remotes, headboard brackets, massage systems, USB charging ports, and more!
At Smitty’s, we are proud to carry a wide range of adjustable mattresses including: Serta, Kingsdown, Springwall, and Zedbed. Visit us at Smitty’s and try out our adjustable beds to find the perfect mattress for you!
Your Look, Your Style, Your Home — Amisco Bedroom Furniture
Monday, July 31, 2017
Amisco is a Quebec-based company that specializes in designing and producing quality, long-lasting products. Their line of bedroom furniture is some of the most comfortable and durable in the industry, and their innovative designs look great in any space.
Traditional & Contemporary
Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, Amisco offers a lot of choice. From classic footboard beds and platform beds, to upholstered and trendy, their line of bed frames is smartly designed.
Bed frame design elements include the use of solid wood, distressed wood, steel, and padded headboards for ultimate comfort.
Some of the latest urban styles incorporate built-in night stands that fit right onto the frame. Having a bedside table at exactly the right height is very handy.
Amisco designs and produces an innovative line of children’s beds in a wide variety of styles.
Upholstered beds offer a stylish and comfortable look for your child’s room. From soft, muted colours to funky colourful fabrics, you can turn any space into a kid-friendly room.
If traditional is more your speed, Amisco produces solidly crafted frames with metal and wood headboards and footboards in a variety of colours and shapes.
Amisco also builds trundle beds which can provide you with excellent functionality — you don’t need any extra room for footboards or headboards which makes them quite good in small spaces. You can even use a trundle bed as a daybed, depending on your space.
Amisco offers customization of its products. This means you can select your fabric covering for the headboard, the type of metal used for the frame and legs, and even the type of wood used.
Offering a wide selection of materials means that you can create a one-of-a-kind piece that fits your style and room perfectly. You can achieve the look you want, without compromise.
Durham Furniture has been designing and building solid wood furniture since 1899. Known for their exceptional quality, distinguished features, and sustainably harvested materials, Durham is an amazing Canadian company.
Located in Durham, Ontario, the business employs nearly 200 craftspeople, some of which include generations of families working together, who produce environmentally responsible and beautifully designed furniture.
Environmentally Sustainable Construction
When you purchase a piece of Durham solid wood furniture, you can rest assured that it was produced in an environmentally sustainable and ethical way.
Durham Furniture builds its solid wood products using lumber from replenishing North American forests, and they continually work towards improving their environmental performance and reducing their ecological footprint.
Their commitment to sustainable production is solid and has been acknowledged by the following third-party certifications:
Sustainable Furnishings Council – Silver Exemplary Corporate Member
California Air Resources Board Compliance (CARB) – all Durham Furniture products meet and exceed the CARB 2 compliance requirements of the State of California
Ethically Sustainable Construction
Durham Furniture is also committed to their Social Equity Code of Conduct (which extends to their suppliers) and includes the following principles:
Provide proper wages and working conditions for employees
Use sustainable practices in acquiring all products
Develop a continuous improvement program for environmental practices
Have a strong commitment to health and safety for employees and their communities
They have even set up a liaison committee with local Durham residents to communicate what the company is doing to protect the environment and support living conditions around their manufacturing plant. Durham is committed to being a socially responsible member of their community.
Traditional, Contemporary, Transitional
Not only does Durham build their amazing furniture in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, but their products are also fantastic.
Their line of bedroom furniture comes in a wide array of styles to suit any home.
The traditional line takes their cue from 17th and 19th century furnishings and incorporates deeply coloured wood. Styles range from sleigh beds to European style grandeur featuring ornate carvings.
The contemporary line incorporates Asian and urban styles with wood and metal in a range of tones and stains.
The transitional line incorporates furniture that is a mix of traditional and contemporary with fewer ornate features, clean lines, and contrasting elements.
Smitty’s is proud to offer our customers Durham bedroom furniture. Visit our showrooms and check out their beautiful and sustainable line of bedroom furnishings, you won’t be disappointed.
Adjustable beds are the latest trend in home comfort. With modern advancements and increasingly affordable pricing, adjustable beds have become the obvious choice for people looking to add another level of comfort and flexibility to their home life.
This is not your grandma’s bed. This not a hospital bed. This is the bed of the future!
In the era of Netflix and on-demand television, adjustable beds are the go-to solution for anyone who enjoys watching TV before going to sleep — and they are great for other activities as well. Do you read before bed? Work on your laptop in the evenings? Help your kids with their homework
Your evening ritual: stacking pillows carefully behind your back, trying to get the positioning just right. Put this time-consuming practice behind you by investing in an adjustable bed. Get the comfort that you want, when you want it.
Reduced Snoring & Other Benefits of Adjustable Beds
Adjustable beds have been shown to help with a number of different conditions. They were first used to hospitals to improve circulation and oxygen flow in patients, by raising the heart above the rest of the body. Although commercial models are not validated by medical testing, these same benefits have been reported by other owners of adjustable beds.
Based on past reports & personal experience, we have found that adjustable beds can help with…
Easing neck, back and shoulder pain — Using an adjustable bed to reposition your body can relieve pressure on various areas, such as your lower back at the end of the work day. Improved circulation will allow muscles to heal faster as well!
Reducing snoring and providing a deeper sleep — Elevating the upper body by 8 inches can open the airways, reducing snoring and providing oxygen to your muscles, so you stop tossing and turning!
Recovery from injury — Adjustable beds can help with major and minor injuries, including everything from simple swelling to post-surgery recovery, by elevating affected areas and providing improved blood flow.
Offer relief from common conditions — An elevated position has been shown to relieve symptoms of acid reflux or nasal drip from allergies, which makes it great for people who suffer from these conditions.
How Adjustable Beds Work
Adjustable beds combine the ergonomic benefits of a good quality armchair with the added advantage of being able to go from relaxation to sleep, with the click of a button. Modern adjustable beds use simple remote controls or Bluetooth technology to allow you to easily manipulate your bed’s positioning — without having to move yourself.
The best adjustable beds today will allow you to raise and lower the head, the foot and the middle sections, fitting any arrangement that suits you. An adjustable bed can be used in the same way that you’d use a reclining chair or a sofa. Or in new, creative ways!
Pro Tip: Adjustable beds do require the use of a specially-made mattress to accommodate the raising and lowering of the base. Typically a memory foam mattress will work better than an innerspring model, as the springs are easily damaged by the bending motion.
Durham Furniture builds solid wood furniture distinguished by exceptional quality, award-winning design and enduring value. It all comes from the little town of Durham, Ontario, where their reputation for quality and value got its start in 1899.
The History of Durham Furniture
Durham Furniture’s began as a community initiative to provide employment for the Town of Durham’s young people. Their original location was a red-brick factory, which remains the present site of the organization and its 200 craftspeople. The company passed through many hands over the years, before returning to Durham in 1992.
Today, Durham is regarded as one of North America’s leading manufacturers of solid wood fine furniture — and one of the best representatives of Canadian Made Furniture.
The Town of Durham is nestled amid rolling hills, forests and farms, along the Saugeen River. All Durham Furniture pieces are made from sustainably harvested solid wood in the local area. Their commitment to sustainable production is recognized by the Sustainable Furnishing Council and other third-party organizations.
Durham Furniture has developed a storied legacy over the years. In 1948, a furniture set was designed for the London home of the newly married Princess Elizabeth. After her coronation, the furniture was spread across Buckingham Palace and other properties — and a solid Canadian maple desk is used by Prince Philip to this day!
From luxury hotels to family homes, Durham Furniture continues to be passed down from generation to generation as a mark of beauty, comfort and quality. When you invest in a piece of Durham furniture, it is with the knowledge that it will eventually become a family heirloom.